New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The active COVID-19 cases in the country were reduced to 30 lakh as daily discharges continue to top the fresh infections of coronavirus. India, during the last 24 hours, recorded 2.59 lakh cases of coronavirus taking its overall case tally to 2.60 crores. However, the death toll due to the deadly COVID-19 crossed another grim milestone of 2.90 lakh deaths after over 4,200 fatalities were reported during the same span of time. 

According to the data by the Union Health Ministry on Friday, India reported 2,59,591 new cases of coronavirus during the last 24 hours which took the overall caseload in the country to 2,60,31,991 while the death toll climbed up to 2,91,331 after 4,209 people succumbed to the deadly infections during the span of 24 hours.  

The active cases further reduced to 30,27,925 comprising 11.63 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate improved to 87.25 per cent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,27,12,735, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.12 per cent, the data stated.

The significant dip in daily cases came as several states including Maharashtra, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh are continuously witnessing a decline number of new COVID-19 cases as compared to last month. While Maharashtra reported 29,911 new cases and 738 deaths, Delhi, where a lockdown has been enforced till May 24, reported 3,231 fresh infections, the lowest since April 1, as the national capital's positivity rate further dropped to 5.5 per cent.

Similarly, Karnataka on Thursday reported 28,869 new cases and 548 deaths that pushed its caseload and toll to 23.35 lakh and 23,854 respectively. Uttar Pradesh too reported a dip in cases as it recorded 6,725 new infections and 238 deaths in the last 24 hours. Currently, the state has 1.16 lakh active cases.

Amid the decline in cases across the country, the Union Health Ministry, however, warned against any kind of laxity and said that India has witnessed a consistent upward trend in weekly tests since mid-February with average daily tests increased by 2.3 times in the last 12 weeks.

"From being 17.13 per cent reported on May 3, the active cases now comprise 12.1 per cent of the country's total infections. A positive trend in recovery has also been noted. The recovery rate which was 81.7 per cent on May 3 has increased to 86.7 now," Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan